The health system in Yemen is on the verge of collapse, said in the UN
The health system in Yemen is on the verge of collapse without the financial support of the United Nations programme in July will begin to stop working to provide the population with clean water, said at a briefing on Friday, the official representatives of the office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
"We are alarmed at the desperate situation in Yemen, where the health system is on the verge of collapse, and the fear that countless lives will be lost not only by COVID-19, but also because of malaria, cholera, dengue fever and other diseases. We urge international donors to provide immediate assistance to millions of people who have already survived five years of war," - said the official representative of OHCHR Rupert Colville.
According to him, Yemen's 24 million people need humanitarian assistance. While hospitals no longer accept people with symptoms of infection COVID 19 due to the lack of beds, medicines, medical personnel and clean water.
"In the country officially registered more than 500 cases COVID-19. However, official data are far behind the actual number of infections, especially in areas controlled by de facto authorities in the North", he added.
If funding is not provided, 30 of 41 UN programme in the country will be closed in the coming weeks, said Colville.
Lack of funding will affect the programs of UNICEF, said the official representative of the UN Children's Fund, Marixi Mercado. According to her, the UNICEF programme to combat COVID-19 financed by only 5 million of the required 53 million.
"Today, no $ 30 million for our programs to provide water treatment systems and hygiene, from July we will be forced to stop providing our services to four million people. Without the funding of programs to combat COVID-19, we will not be able to provide personal protective equipment and medical supplies and hygiene products for people who are in isolation or quarantine centres," said Mercado.
According to the office of the UN high Commissioner for humanitarian Affairs in Yemen for the period from 10 April to 11 June was 564 cases COVID-19, including 130 deaths. The mortality rate from the virus is 24%. Most cases in Aden.
In UGCV UN recalled that on 12 June were paid only 47% of the 1.35 billion dollars that foreign States pledged aid to Yemen during a donor conference on 2 June.
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